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Seasonal information about the County's snow and ice removal program

Post Date:10/31/2020 10:01 AM

With the recent snowfall, Lac La Biche County staff are working extended hours throughout the weekend to remove snow and ice on County roadways, keeping our roads in safe winter driving condition.

Lac La Biche County Winter Operations

Lac La Biche County uses 8 motor graders (7 for rural roads and 1 for hamlet maintenance), 1 loader equipped with a snow blower, and 3 loaders to move salt, sand, and snow. Another 10 heavy-duty trucks and 5 medium-duty trucks equipped with a combination of snowplows, wings, and sanders are used to plow snow and spread both salt and sand.

Despite this large amount of equipment, clearing County roads takes time. Our ice and snow removal services are also impacted by weather conditions, forecasts, and road conditions. Road clearing and ice control priorities are established by the County’s Snow Removal and Ice Control Policy to provide the greatest benefit to the majority of the travelling public, prioritizing emergency routes, school roads, health care facilities, the County airport, and more.

During times of continuous snowfall, there may be situations where higher priority roads will be cleared more than once before snow removal equipment can clear adjacent roads and subdivisions. We ask for your patience and understanding when this occurs: County staff are always working diligently to get your area’s roads cleared as quickly as possible.

Emergency Road Conditions

Should you encounter an emergency roadway condition on a County road (i.e. extreme ice conditions, the roadway is impassable, etc.), please call our 24-hour Roadway Condition Emergency Line at 780-404-4078. This number is for emergency road conditions only, and isn’t meant for sharing routine concerns.

For more information on the County’s ice and snow control program, call 780-623-1747 and ask to speak to Transportation Services.